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John Battista, MD
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John Battista, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who practices in New Milford, Connecticut. In addition he provides psychiatric services to the Staywell Clinic in Waterbury, Connecticut and the Wellspring Foundation in Bethlehem, Connecticut.

Dr. Battista has coordinated the Connecticut Coalition for Universal Health Care since 1999. This coalition advocates for a publicly funded, not-for-profit trust, to administer comprehensive health insurance for all Connecticut residents. Dr. Battista is also the primary author of the Connecticut Health Care Security Act, which would put this universal health care insurance program into effect.

Local Unions Endorsing HR676

  • Western Connecticut Central Labor Council, Waterbury, CT
  • Connecticut AFL-CIO, June 2006

Connecticut State News


Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

By Justine McCabe, Ph.D., and John R. Battista, M.D. | Connecticut Viewpoints, July 12, 2017
The only viable solution to our ongoing national healthcare crisis has waited in the wings for a long time. Teddy Roosevelt included the idea in his 1912 platform. President Truman proposed it in 1945. President Johnson succeeded – partly – with Medicare.


Posted on Thursday, June 1, 2017

By Harvey Fernbach, M.D., M.P.H. | Yale Medicine, June 1, 2017
Cathy Shufro’s review of EMBRACE, by Gilead Lancaster, M.D. [Yale Medicine, Winter 2017], encouraged me to read it. Although well-intended, the author made two significant errors in his approach to universal health coverage.


Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2015

By Ken Borsuk | Greenwich Time (Old Greenwich, Conn.)
While the battle over the Affordable Care Act might be finished in the courts, it still faces challenges, according to health-policy expert John Hughes.


Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012

By Phil Galewitz | Kaiser Health News/USA Today
HARTFORD, Conn. – In the past decade, most states have turned Medicaid over to private insurance plans, hoping they could control costs and improve care. Nearly half of the 60 million people in the government program for the poor are in managed-care plans run by insurance giants such as UnitedHealthcare and Aetna.